Walorski Chairs Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing on SNAP Employment and Training Programs

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Walorski Chairs Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing on SNAP Employment and Training Programs

Examines State Pilot Projects Testing Innovative Solutions to Better Connect SNAP Recipients to Jobs

Latest Hearing in Committee Review of Past, Present, and Future of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, today held a hearing on state efforts to test innovative ways to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients find and keep good jobs.

The hearing, a continuation of the committee’s review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP, examined state SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) programs, which provide job search assistance, skills development, and educational services. Representatives from three of the ten states selected to participate in the SNAP E&T pilot programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill testified at the hearing.

“A job is the first step for anyone trying to move up the economic ladder and out of poverty,” Walorski said. “State SNAP E&T programs exist to help SNAP recipients find job opportunities and develop valuable skills so they can get back to work and back on their feet. Finding out what works and what doesn’t is central to House Republicans’ policy initiative known as ‘A Better Way,’ and the state initiatives we heard about today will test innovative new ideas to improve SNAP E&T programs.”

Video of the hearing is available here. The text of Walorski’s opening statement can be found here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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